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When it comes to luring tourists, Botswana has a significant advantage over the rest of the world: its wildlife. The diversity of creatures that live in or travel through the nation is incredible. The area is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including endangered species like wild canines and rhinos, as well as a diverse and robust avian population.
From the enormous and intimidating Kalahari Desert to the sublime peacefulness of the Okavango Delta, the natural vistas are breathtaking. The landscape here can be wide and barren in some places, or lush and alive with life in others, but it is always breathtaking. The terrain is immediately recognisable as African, and it will exceed all of your expectations.
However, all of these natural wonders come at a cost, and Botswana is one of Africa’s most costly tourist destinations. Only the super-rich or once-in-a-lifetime trips like honeymoons come here since some of the luxury hotels are so pricey. Self-drive tours, on the other hand, are a more affordable and often more rewarding way to experience Botswana.
Let’s take a look at the top 15 places to visit in Botswana in no particular order!
Top 15 Places to See in Botswana!
The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s, if not the entire planet’s, most fascinating and awe-inspiring wilderness areas. With landscapes ranging from dry meadows to marshes, the Delta is truly an untamed wilderness. Cheetahs, zebra, giraffes, elephants, crocodiles, and rhinos, to name a few, are among the creatures that can be seen in the park during safaris and game viewing. Trips should be well-planned since, while the scenery is usually beautiful, the seasons can have a significant impact on your chances of seeing specific animals.
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Moremi Game Reserve
This park has a lot going for it, including being voted the best African wildlife reserve in 2008. It is the first reserve created solely by local residents worried about natural and man-made threats to the area’s ecology and animals. The reserve, which is located on the east side of the Okavango Delta, features some of the most magnificent views in the country as well as a spectacular environment. The park has a choice of nice campsites, although many people arrive in a self-drive campervan.
This village, located not far from Gaborone, is a great area to do hill hiking. The village is surprisingly productive, with a number of local enterprises such as glassworks, metal, and ceramics, on the aptly named Pelegano Town Industry. The ceramic factory in Gabane is especially intriguing because it features a shop selling handcrafted dinnerware, vases, and other decorative items. The village’s outstanding hiking location, on the other hand, is the most common reason for visitors.
Kasane is located on the Four Corners of Africa, between Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Zamibia. If you’re planning a journey to Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls or Botswana’s Chobe National Park, this is an excellent place to stay. A giant Baobab tree that was formerly used as a prison because its trunk is so large that it can fit a human inside is one of the town’s main attractions. There’s also a snake park with about 50 snakes representing 17 distinct species. From the settlement, the Chobe River is also conveniently accessible.
Maun is usually visited as a layover on the way to the Okavango Delta, but it has plenty to offer to warrant a stay of a few nights. The city’s hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions are among the best in the country because it is the country’s primary tourist destination. Despite having little to offer, the town continues to attract a varied mix of people, from luxury safari holidaymakers to volunteers. Along the river, there are several lovely campsites that would be ideal for a few nights’ stay.
Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, is the country’s largest city. Gaborone’s modern architecture contrast starkly with the lush landscapes of this African country, and despite its size, the city offers few compelling reasons to visit. Among the large residential areas, there are a few decent hotels and restaurants. The city’s lack of history adds to its newness, but it is unquestionably paving the way for Botswana’s future, making it a good place to gain a sense of the country’s future.
Chobe National Park
This game reserve is Botswana’s third largest, yet it contains one of the continent’s highest concentrations of uncommon game animals. The Chobe River, which derives its name from the national park, is guaranteed to take your breath away at first glimpse. The river sustains an ecosystem of unique and unusual wildlife, including birds, elephants, lions, giraffes, baboons, and buffalo, in addition to providing a magnificent sight. Hundreds of elephants can be seen at a time during the winter season, making it a truly once-in-a-lifetime event.
Botswana’s oldest town is also the country’s second largest. Francistown was founded on gold mining before Europeans arrived and sought to profit from it. In truth, Daniel Francis, a British man, is the town’s name. The Supa Ngwao Museum, which recounts the Kalanga people’s lives and culture via various displays, is one of the town’s primary attractions. Birds and Game Botswana is a wildlife shelter for orphaned wild animals. Due to the recent return of gold mining, the town is currently undergoing an economic boom.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a true wilderness that will make you feel like you’re on your own exploring Africa. It’s odd, wild, and tremendously large. You’re surrounded by beautiful meadows during the day, and the skies are as clear as any in the world at night. During the summer, countless wild animals of various shapes and sizes, including enormous herds of wildebeest and springbok, are drawn to the rains. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve’s spectacular vast terrain and genuine African wildness are the main reasons to visit during the harsher winter months, when there are less animals.
Jwaneng literally means “site of small stones,” and it is built on the world’s richest diamond mine.
These small stones, however, are far more expensive than your typical pebble. The mine generated nearly 13 million carats in a single year from a massive 10.5 million tonnes of ore.
Guest houses and eateries are available in the town. The nearby Jwana Game Park, which recently introduced two white rhinos, is also supported by the mine.
In the northwest Kalahari, the Tsodilo Hills arise practically out of nowhere. The relative flatness of the surrounding country in the Kalahari adds to the majesty of these enormous rock formations of various forms and sizes. The Tsodillo Hills are a Unesco World Heritage Site with about 4000 cave paintings scattered over over 200 different places. According to the cave drawings and other evidence, the hills were first inhabited over 30,000 years ago. Winter is the greatest season to visit because summer can be extremely hot.
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Although the name is lengthy, the reasons for visiting Makgadikgadi Pans National Park are straightforward. Because the park runs from the Boteti River, it supports a large and diversified environment. During the dry season, when animals travel from kilometres around to the river, which is the sole source of water for a long distance, the fauna is especially diverse.
Gweta is worth visiting for its namesake, the bullfrog species that reside in the area. The frogs hide in the sand until it rains, at which point they can emerge from their sand cocoon.
It is utilised as a tourist stop on the way to Muan or Kasane. But also acts as the gateway to the huge expanse of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
Gweta is famous for its Baobab Trees, which are said to be some of the largest in the world. They are so large in fact, that they have become national monuments.
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Due to its location on the border of Namibia, South Africa, and Botswana, Kang exudes a genuine travel spirit. It isn’t the most beautiful area in Botswana, and it doesn’t have the most attractions or sights, but it does have restaurants and guest rooms that can be utilised as a base or as part of a Botswana tour. The restaurants in Kang are unlikely to provide you with the most memorable meals of your trip, but they are reasonably priced and filling. Early morning views of many animals can be seen here including the Hartebeest.
Because of its prominent location in the Chobe National Park, Savuti is one of Botswana’s most popular safari locations. Due to the river, all of the most popular and magnificent species (excluding rhinos) visit the location throughout the year. The landscape is vast and sparse, but this was once a superlake that filled a hole in Northern Botswana. For visitors looking for the best of the best, the area provides a plethora of luxury lodges. For drivers passing through the area, there are also some excellent camping options.